Many of you have read it. The author calls it “a history of cancer.”
The book is “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
It jumps off the pages and into your television next week as a 3-part PBS series, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” It’s Ken Burns latest documentary epic and for those of us who have lived in this world it’s a trip down memory lane, an education of the disease that changed our lives, and at times, at least, for me, watching selected segments of the doc, it can be a little uncomfortable too.
I guess it’s the “triggers” that jolted me back into the chemo room or the radiation area or just an exam room where and when decisions and choices were made that were life changing.
The names and faces inside this documentary, who opened their lives wide at this most vulnerable time, have the same blank stares and tired eyes as Leroy and I had so long ago. Those things don’t change. These are brave families who decided to permit the cameras into their most painful moments in life. As is usually the case, the human side of this biography of cancer is the thread of this three part story.
You’ll see and hear yourself in this production. The words might be different but the thoughts are the same. The experiences will mirror your experiences or come close to it.
It is a fine piece of work.
For all of us, it was real.